Title: Princess Academy Release Date: June 16th, 2005
Author: Shannon Hale Genre: Fantasy Novel for young adults.
High on the side of rocky Mount Eskel, far from the valleys where gardens are green and lush, where lowlanders make laws, Miri’s family has lived forever, pounding a living from the stone of the mountain itself. For as long as she can remember, Miri has dreamed of working alongside the other villagers in the quarries of her beloved mountainside. But Miri has never been allowed to work there, perhaps, she thinks, because she is so small.Then word comes from the valley that the king’s priests have divined Mount Eskel to be the home of the prince’s bride-to-be—the next princess. The prince himself will travel to the village to choose her, but first all eligible girls must attend a makeshift mountain academy to prepare themselves for royal lowlander life.At the school, Miri soon finds herself confronted by bitter competition among the girls and her own conflicting desires to be chosen by the prince. Yet when danger comes to the academy and threatens all their lives, it is Miri, named for a tiny mountain flower, who must find a way to save her classmates—and the one chance to leave the mountain each of them is determined to secure as her own.
From acclaimed author Shannon Hale comes the Newbery Honor-winning novel about would-be princesses and one small but determined girl’s destiny.
It’s been along time since I read this book, but I still remember it very clearly. As a young reader at the time (Age: 11), I thought any Fantasy novel was awesome 🙂 In this book Miri only wants to work in quarry with her father, but since they make a small living her father dosen’t want that for her (even though she goes anyway without her fathers knowing). But then everything changes for her when a handful of village girls are forced to got to a Princess academy where they will train to become princesses for the king to choose from. Miri is the girl who sticks out in all the girls, because she doesn’t care about her appearance with her tangled hair and grubby fingers. But she starts working harder and giving a effort to become the Bride to-be Princess. In her achievements and hardships she creates a close friend in one of her fellow Princesses to-be. when the king finally comes, Miri’s close friend falls ill and she can’t go perform for king. In the end is Mirir becomes the Bride. But wait there’s a twist. Miri realizes that the king loves her friend who has fallen ill, because they knew eachother. Miri isn’t heartbroken since she never loved the prince. Finishing this book, left me with a satisfying look on the book. This book has everything that a reader wants, even with the little twist at the end. I give the book 5 stars!!